Bradley Davis, 23 Sports

Behind another strong performance from Sophomore Jamie Stewart, the Missouri Tigers shot an impressive 8-under par 844 en-route to tie with UTEP and Pacific for third place out of 18 teams Saturday afternoon at the Grand Canyon University Invitational, finishing just one stroke behind UT-Rio Grande Valley and 15 strokes behind event winner UMKC. It was the Tigers’ third top three finish in eight tournaments this season.

Missouri seemed to regress a bit throughout the weekend, starting off with a 278 (tied for first among first rounds), following that up with a 280, and finally ending the event with a 286.

Stewart also placed third overall as an individual, shooting a 7-under par 206. He has now finished as the Tiger with the lowest score in all eight tournaments. With his performance, he has placed top 20 individually in all but one tournament this season, along with four finishes within the top six.

In his final season as a Tiger, senior Matt Echelmeier placed 19th with a 2-under par 211, his third top 20 finish this season, finishing with 10 birdies in the tournament. Junior Rory Franssen finished close behind Echelmeier, posting a 1-under 212, good enough for 24th overall, completing his sixth top 25 effort this season. Sophomore Jack Parker impressed in his first tournament action of the season. Parker jumped 12 places in the final round, finishing 37th overall with a 3-over par 216. Junior Ricky Saunders rounded out the scoring for the Tigers, placing 73rd on the day with an 8-over 22.

Coming off the heels of this weekend’s strong performance, the golf team will compete in The Hootie At Bull’s Bay in Awendaw, South Carolina March 24th-26th, before returning home for the Tiger Invitational April 8th and 9th.